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August 24, 2011

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Court showdown over Ala. immigration law

By MACKENZIE WEINGER | 8/24/11 12:12 PM EDT

Alabama’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law is having its first day in court on Wednesday, with attorneys from the Obama administration, civil rights groups and state churches arguing that the measure is an unconstitutional attack on civil liberties.

During the day-long proceedings in Birmingham, U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn is hearing motions to temporarily block the contentious law from taking effect Sept. 1.

Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General William Orrick said during his opening arguments that parts of the new law should be blocked on grounds that they conflict with federal law. According to The Associated Press, Orrick said there is “no room” for states to adopt their own anti-immigration laws.

The law is considered even tougher and more restrictive than Arizona’s and has several key features to deter illegal immigration, including allowing police officers to arrest anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant during a routine traffic stop, making it a crime to transport or rent to an illegal immigrant, and requiring schools to report the status of students.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is expected to defend the law in court later today.

Alabama’s ABC 33/40 reported that Blackburn told the court, “I have not made up my mind. I have not decided any of the sections.” Blackburn added that while she has strong leanings on some aspects of the law, “It makes no difference my thoughts on the statutes. It’s whether they’re constitutional.”

via Court showdown over Ala. immigration law – Mackenzie Weinger – POLITICO.com.

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  1. August 24, 2011 3:53 PM

    For the Democrats driven by the Liberals to Slur the TEA PARTY, is just insulting a major part of the American people. Rep. Maxine Waters is an “Apparition of what’s erroneous with Washington by spitting out virtuously, “I’m not afraid of anybody,” then adding, “This is a tough game, you can’t be intimidated, you can’t be frightened, and as far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell!” Then Vice President Biden called the Tea Party “terrorists,” blaming us for the debt downgrade. Then just this week, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D- FL), took a sharp dig at the Tea Party. “Let us all remember who the real enemy is… the real enemy is the Tea Party… the Tea Party holds the Congress hostage…They have one goal in mind, and that’s to make President Obama a one-term president,” she said at Monday’s event.

    Well isn’t this what the presidential race is all about, to unseat the current president? Yet these nincompoops blame the Congressional leadership for caving into the unrealistic demands of the Tea Party — demands that don’t reflect the values, issues or concerns of a vast majority of Americans. That’s funny because if you listen to Congress Michelle Backmann’s speeches she has emphasized that the TEA PARTY comprises of despondent Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertarian and even Liberals, with millions of Americans of some have never voted.

    Can Obama expect any resuscitation of his administration, when he is out to conciliate the different ethnic minorities, when millions just poured into this nation after the 1986 Amnesty? 8 million plus are reportedly to be working, as millions of Americans walk the streets seeking a job. If you are awaiting deportation orders, there shouldn’t be any differences between categories. You broke the law, you stole yourself into our country and that is a criminal offense. It’s obvious to any prudent American, that illegal entry is only punishable as a misdemeanor displays the indifference of both parties that are voted into office.

    MAKE UNLAWFUL ENTRY A FELONY OFFENCE AND BE DONE WITH IT. This type of prohibitive law would stop the thousands monthly coming here, dead in their tracks. Just read about the criminal activity, the illegal immigration statics and less publicized news at “American Patrol” website. Other internet locations for facts about costs are found at “NumbersUSA.” For corruption in Washington, State investigations, legal actions and news are at Judicial Watch. In addition call your federal, State and local Representative and demand change.

    Three years now into a employment Depression the Obama government again has turned its back on jobless Americans. This would not have happened if the original 1986 Simpson/ Mazzoli bill had been fully enforced. The reasons are obvious? More votes for Democrats in the years after the Immigration Control and Reform Act, with more cheap labor for the Republican establishment to exploit and both parties throwing a wrench into immigration enforcement, to stop the cogs of law from turning.

    The Department of Homeland Security announced it will individually review the 300,000 cases of illegal aliens presently on hold with deportation orders in an attempt to mollify his pro-amnesty advocacy organizations. With this shift under executive law illegal aliens will become entitled to receive work permits and then compete with 22 million Americans who can’t find a full-time job.

    The Obama Administration has come under fierce antagonism from pro-amnesty activists for its record number of deportations, regardless of its policy of only focusing on criminal illegal aliens. President Obama, now in full 2012 campaign mode, but it appears that in reality has bought into the idea that millions of illegal aliens are potential voters in the future.

    Public resentment over 3 decades of mounting illegal immigration has driven officials into a political posture of pledging to try to stop future illegal occupation. Yet few lawmakers have revealed even any determination in opening up at least some of these jobs to unemployed Americans by extracting illegal aliens out of those jobs.

    Illegal aliens living in this nation generally don’t apply for work permits for the dread of deportation, but under this latest policy, they could apply for a work permits if granted a deferred action or parole. The President Obama appears disposed to do almost anything to assure that illegal labor remains in this country, remaining in their jobs and hang about for some reform package or amnesty and the right to vote some day. Trouble is they are voting and our previous and current government, has hardly done anything to contain this violation against citizen’s rights?

    Exclusively this is an employment issue and the president is taking sides, placing illegal aliens ahead of unemployed Americans. With his “jobs” speech next month the White House can turn the economy around with three simple steps. Obama could:

    • Open up the 8 million U.S. jobs (more than 7 million of them non-agricultural jobs) held by foreigners and make them available to unemployed and underemployed workers by requiring every business to use E-Verify. (An official computer verification deterrent)
    • End chain migration, the prime source of the 125,000 foreign workers the U.S. imports every month.
    • End the Visa lottery, where 55,000 American jobs are raffled to the world each year with no preference for the highly skilled.

    The judgment by President Obama to postpone deportation and grant work permits while millions of unemployed Americans are looking for work is sad. It sends a message to the 22 million Americans who can’t find a full-time job that the next election is more important than their future, their foreclosed homes, and their children’s future. The TEA PARTY will enforce the 1986 immigration laws, place 5000 permanent troops on the border and only welcome highly skilled labor through our doors. Welfare will not exist for illegal immigrants and the instant citizenship for babies of illegal immigrants will be rescinded. A TEA PARTY CONGRESS WILL NEVER ACCEPT ANOTHER AMNESTY.

    The only way out of this accelerating chaos over the 14 Trillion deficits, jobs and a wilting economy, is voting in more TEA PARTY leaders. Only the TEA PARTY can bring us out of this insaneness and return government to State and Local empowerment; shrink the size of tomorrow’s government, advocating a flat tax for all Americans and business with no exemptions. Renegotiate overseas trade treaties that are fair to America and doesn’t give an advantage of China and Mexico and other foreign countries. Even chimpanzee as a trade diplomat, could do better than those who speak for us all? Then only one language, the English Language for all? Speak another foreign language at home. We must return to the covenants of the US Constitution and above all else, throw out (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency which has become like the “Gestapo”, exacting thousands of anti-business regulations that are wrecking once thriving industries.

  2. September 2, 2011 5:45 AM

    if all ilegal aliens were sent back there woul be a lot of good jobs americans

  3. September 2, 2011 5:47 AM

    send all ilegal out of this country and there would be a lot of jobs for tax paying americans

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